I WANT to take the opportunity to thank local Alzheimer’s Society supporters who united against dementia last year by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering.

In 2017 we reached an important milestone with two million people now signed up as Dementia Friends. We also grew our army of volunteers to over 11,000 nationally.

There are an estimated 7,940 people living with dementia in Cumbria, so the need to unite in the fight against the condition has never been more pressing.

From volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service, joining one of our fundraising events or writing to your local MP, there are many ways people can get involved to help beat dementia in 2018.

The best gifts can’t be wrapped so whether you give an hour, a day or more, please visit alzheimers.org.uk/getinvolved to find out how you can unite against dementia.

Hazel Bailey